If you are a Starbucks regular, you’ve noticed that the food display case offers mostly sweet, grain-derived treats. If you’re really hungry you might consider taking a cheat meal but you can mitigate the negative impact with some prudent choices. To minimize the blood sugar surge (and crash) and the accompanying insulin spike, avoid any of the sweet breads, cakes, cookies, or scones and opt for one of the savory breakfast wraps or sandwiches. Dodging grains eliminates most of these alternatives leaving you with juices and water in the display case and fruit, such as bananas or apples, they often have beside the register.
What about the coffee?
While coffee beans themselves meet the paleo criteria, coffee itself results from a series of processing steps that likely did not occur in the back of a hunter gatherer’s cave: roast, grind, brew. That said, coffee does fit within the profile of paleo nutrition. As long as you don’t add the popular pollutants: milks (dairy, soy) and sweeteners (sugar, flavored syrups, non-nutritive, or artificial sweeteners), your favorite pick-me-up complies with the ancestral lifestyle. I must add the obligatory admonition: too much caffeine can harm your health and individual tolerances vary widely. Pay attention to physical signs that you may be overdoing it such as nervousness, heart palpitations, or other unusual symptoms. And, as always, consult a health care professional to determine whether consuming stimulants may jeopardize your health.